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CME applauds Jobs and Prosperity Council report

Published by Derek Lothian on December 19, 2012

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) is welcoming the findings of a new report released today by Ontario's Jobs and Prosperity Council, citing a strong focus on the need to support and grow the province's manufacturing sector.

Chaired by RBC Royal Bank President & CEO, Gord Nixon, the panel captured a number of CME's key recommendations, such as steps to enhance innovation and productivity, bridge the skills gap, and better leverage resource development opportunities across the country. It also highlighted the need for a comprehensive manufacturing strategy in Ontario – an initiative CME is currently spearheading.

"CME applauds council members for their efforts and dedication in producing a thoughtful and well-rounded report," says Ian Howcroft, vice president, CME Ontario. "With lingering economic uncertainty in many of our key export markets, and challenging business conditions here at home, manufacturers face an uphill climb. But the optimism and – more importantly – the opportunity is there to move our industry and our province to a new generation of prosperity."

Other measures advocated by CME and tabled in the report include publicly communicating the importance of manufacturing, introducing a one-window approach to government funding, and aligning research and development investments with commercialization and the needs of industry.

"CME will continue to work with government, and through its efforts to establish an inclusive manufacturing strategy, to ensure these recommendations are effectively and efficiently implemented," adds Howcroft. "This is a positive step forward for both manufacturers and all Ontarians."

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